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07:42 Jun 29, 2000
English to French translations [PRO]
English term or phrase: SUBURBANS
THEIR PRICES ARE HIGHER BECAUSE THEIR REPS DRIVE SUBURBANS AND USE LAPTOP COMPUTERS.
Adeline Pin
French translation:Véhicules sportifs utilitaires
Explanation:
I actually own 2 Suburbans which I use to pull my horse trailers. In the US, these are long, large sport utility vehicles (SUV's) which are a little bit of a status symbol. A combination of a van and a station wagon (break) with all the luxurious additions of a classic sedan. You must find the equivalent in France!
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Marc Schumacher
United States
Local time: 02:32
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Thank you very much for your help!
Adeline
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Summary of answers provided
naVéhicules sportifs utilitairesMarc Schumacher
namonospacesxxxsylvieu
naMonospaces
Christian Fournier
naChevy Suburban
Evelyna Radoslavova
navéhicule loisir travail V.L.T
Yolanda Broad
naEspaces (or equivalent)Jane Coulter
nasuburbains / de banlieueabousteau


  

Answers


2 mins
suburbains / de banlieue


Explanation:
Harrap's shorter

abousteau
Local time: 08:32
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 19
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6 mins
véhicule loisir travail V.L.T


Explanation:
I believe a *suburban*, here, is short for a *suburban/sport utility vehicle*, or SUV (I've also heard them called: suburban **attack** vehicles!!!). Once upon a time, a suburban would have been another word for a station wagon, but that isn't what "with it" executives with laptops are driving nowadays. In any case, here is what Termium gives for SUVs: French:Road Transport véhicule loisir travail s CORRECT,MASC V.L.T. s CORRECT,MASC DEF - Véhicule tout terrain ou tous chemins, généralement à toutes roues motrices, à vocation utilitaire et à usage de loisirs. s


    Reference: http://www.termium.com
Yolanda Broad
United States
Local time: 02:32
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 720
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7 mins
Espaces (or equivalent)


Explanation:
You don't have 'suburban' cars. What the writer must mean is the type of car that people who live in suburbs drive. In France this would be something like an Espace or a 4x4 (depending on the context and the cultural references of the client)


    jcoulter
Jane Coulter
Local time: 08:32
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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27 mins
Chevy Suburban


Explanation:
The Chevy Suburban is the fashionable Yuppie vehicle. It's an SUV (=VLT) all right, but it's also a status symbol. Given that this is a cultural reference, it the text is not going to the North American market, you should probably go with a rephrase, an image with the equivalent meaning for your market or add a translator's note.


    Reference: http://www.truckworld.com/Sport-Utility/2000-suburban/2000-s...
Evelyna Radoslavova
Canada
Local time: 23:32
Native speaker of: Native in BulgarianBulgarian, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 150
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1 hr
Monospaces


Explanation:
Pour rebondir sur la réponse de "coulter", le terme générique en Français est "monospace", car "espace" désigne un monospace particulier fabriqué par Renault (en fait je crois le premier modèle de ce genre de véhicules en France)

Christian Fournier
France
Local time: 08:32
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
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10 hrs
Véhicules sportifs utilitaires


Explanation:
I actually own 2 Suburbans which I use to pull my horse trailers. In the US, these are long, large sport utility vehicles (SUV's) which are a little bit of a status symbol. A combination of a van and a station wagon (break) with all the luxurious additions of a classic sedan. You must find the equivalent in France!

Marc Schumacher
United States
Local time: 02:32
PRO pts in pair: 6
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Thank you very much for your help!
Adeline
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1 day 5 hrs
monospaces


Explanation:
Leurs tarifs sont plus élevés que d'autres parce que leurs représentants circulent dans des gros monospaces et se servent d'ordinateurs portables.

xxxsylvieu
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